Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections, the Samajwadi Party has a lot going among themselves. While it was earlier hinted that there seems to be a Yadav vs Yadav feud in the offing, party supremo Mulayam Singh put all such reports to rest by saying that till the time he is in the party, nothing can go wrong. Within hours of taking charge as the new SP president, Shivpal Yadav expelled MLC Arvind Pratap Yadav, nephew of SP national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav from the party.
Ram Gopal is Mulayam Singh’s cousin and had last week faulted the removal of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the SP’s state chief.
Arvind is a first time MLC, who was earlier block pramukh in Karhal, Mainpuri — a stronghold of the SP. According to party secretary S R S Yadav, Shivpal expelled Arvind on charge of making derogatory comments against party’s national president, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and for anti-party activities and indiscipline.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Arvind said: “All these charges are baseless. I respect Netaji (Mulayam) and I could never speak against him. I have been expelled for some personal reasons.”
Shivpal also ousted former village pradhan Akhilesh Kumar Yadav of Saifai block in Etwah on the charges of anti-party activities and indiscipline.
Addressing the workers in a closed-door meeting, Shivpal said: “If anyone is involved in groupism, even at district level, inform me, I will expel that person from the party.” In a reference to the recent turmoil within the party, Shivpal said that all issues have been settled and everyone has to follow the decisions taken by Mulayam.
He added that all party workers ought to raise the slogan of ”Samajwadi Party Zindabad” before every election meeting followed by ”Mulayam Singh Yadav Zindabad”. The third slogan, he added, will be with name of the chief guest — whether its Shivpal Yadav or Akhilesh Yadav— followed by Zindabad.